Monday, September 26, 2011

Music Monday--Kristin Chenoweth Some Lessons Learned CD Review

I am so excited to be reviewing this CD!  You see, I may like Taylor Swift, but she is not the only singer I like!  I first knew of Kristin Chenoweth from Wicked.  If you have never listened to the soundtrack for this fantastic musical, you are missing out!  It is based on the book by the same name, and it is the story of the Wizard of Oz before Dorothy came along.  She plays Glinda, and I so wish I could have seen her in the role.  I have seen the music twice, and it is easily my second favorite stage musical.  (First of Phantom of the Opera of course!)

Kristin has been around all over the place--soap operas, movies, Broadway, inspirational albums, and now country!  Yes, country!  In fact, when she was interviewed on Fox News (think what you will, but yes that is where I get my news), she said her family is more excited than anything else that she is performing at the Grand Old Opry.  Imagine.  She has won all sorts of rewards, and yet the Grand Old Opry excites them more!

I have love Kristin's voice.  She is trained, and I wasn't sure how well she would do on country music.  But I have to tell you that her album does not disappoint.  Her first song is a fantastic opener--I Was Here.  Then she moves on to the only song you may not want your kids to listen to.  It's called I Want Someone but in parentheses it says a word that is an adult word--not a bad word, but it is another word for a female dog.  I liked the song, though.  I didn't feel bad listening to her sing it because of the message of the song--she wants someone to make her feel passionately and someone she can complain about when she wants.

She moves onto a truly touching ballad Fathers and Daughters.  She truly must have grown up with a wonderful father to be able to sing a song like this.  I sure know I could never sing this song.  Then she goes to my favorite light song on the album What Would Dolly Do.  Oh goodness, I love it!  Who doesn't love the queen of country, Dolly Parton?  She has been around forever, and yet she just does not slow down.  It is cute!  And I hear that Dolly likes it.

She then sings a song that concerned me at first.  God and Me almost seems to start out somewhat pointed towards God.  I felt like she was questioning God and calling Him not fair.  The cool thing is that by the end of the song, she has accepted His sovereignty.  When I listened to the song again, it was right where I was, and I understood it totally.

Change is a fine song, but nothing too spectacular.  What More Do You Want is another fine song. Borrowed Angels touched my soul.  I immediately thought of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers.  They had a little girl who was never well and was taken from them after about two years.  Dale Evans wrote a book called Angel Unaware.  (Did you know I once heard her speak at some ladies retreat, and I used to have an autograph from her.  My mom was excited, but I could have cared less.)

Okay, I skipped a song.  Before that song comes I Didn't.  I think a lot of ladies could relate to that song.  The album ends with What If We Never, Mine to Love, and  Lessons Learned.  All good, but it will take more listening to them to decide just how good they are.

Biography from her official site:

Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with the captivating grace that only she can project. She received rave reviews while starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, where she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Pushing Daisies was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy”. She has appeared in Fox’s comedy Glee, where she played a former student who comes back to help re-energize the Glee club. She also starred as Annabeth Schott on the hit drama The West Wing and guest judged on American Idol.
Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination.
In addition to her Christmas album, “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas”, Kristin has released two previous albums entitled, “Let Yourself Go” and “As I Am”. Chenoweth’s fourth CD, “Some Lessons Learned” is scheduled to be released September 13. Her debut single, “I Want Somebody (Bitch About)” is a tongue-in-cheek song about finding unconditional love. All of the songs on Chenoweth’s new album are very personal and explore her life experiences as a woman. The single will be available for sale on May 31.
In the fall, Chenoweth will star in the new ABC show, “Good Christian Belles” as Darlene, alongside Leslie Bibb and Annie Potts. Directed by Alan Poul, “Good Christian Belles” centers on a recently divorced mother of two who, to get a fresh start, moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud.
Kristin recently wrapped production of her next movie "Ed Zwick's Family Weekend”. The film, written by Matt K. Turner, centers around a disgruntled teenager's attempts to get attention from her dysfunctional family. Kristin was most recently seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of “Promises, Promises” starring alongside Sean Hayes at the Broadway theater. ”Promises, Promises” is a unique and popular part of the musical theater canon which was on stage for the first time in over forty years.
Chenoweth was also recently seen in the Disney movie “You Again” alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell. She is the voice of Rosetta in Walt Disney Picture’s “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” and “The Great Fairy Rescue”.
Kristin wrote an uplifting candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked”, which was released by Simon & Schuster in April 2009 and debuted at # 12 on the New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List.
Kristin’s stage credits include: Kern and Hammerstein’s rarely seen 1932 musical Music in the Air, the second Encores! production of New York City Center’s 2008-09 season. She starred in Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Kristin concluded New York City Center’s 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century. Ms. Chenoweth starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 and also performed in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and in the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier, for which she won a Theatre World award. She also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Moliere’s Scapin for the Roundabout Theatre Company and Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore.

A veteran of the concert scene, Kristin took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. Chenoweth also joined the musical group IL Divo and international violin virtuoso, Vanessa Mae on IL Divo’s for their limited-run holiday tour in 2009. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the Divas at Donmar series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein’s Candide at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic. Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. She also had the honor of playing a sold out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.
TV: April Rhodes, in Fox’s hit show Glee. E.J. Baxter, in the Lifetime Original Movie The Twelve Men of Christmas as part of the Network’s annual Fa La La La Lifetime programming event. Marian Paroo, in ABC’s movie version of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, and Lily St. Regis in the television adaptation of Annie and Mrs. Noodle on Sesame Street. Kristin also starred in her own series Kristin for NBC and Fox’s animated series Sit Down, Shut Up and was seen in the season finale of ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty.
FILM: Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, RV with Robin Williams, Bewitched with Nicole Kidman, Running with Scissors with Annette Bening, and The Pink Panther with Steve Martin. Her film credits also include a cameo in Stranger Than Fiction with Emma Thompson. Kristin starred alongside Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels in the animated film Space Chimps for Twentieth Century Fox. She also starred in the independent film, Into Temptation, directed by Sundance filmmaker Patrick Coyle opposite Jeremy Sisto.


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